Melinda C. Finberg

Associate Professor of Theatre Practice in Critical Studies

Melinda Finberg

Biography

Melinda C. Finberg is an associate professor of theatre practice in critical studies at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. She is a scholar and dramaturg whose teaching and professional work focus on diversity in theatre, both historically and today. She has dramaturged for productions and readings at the Juggernaut Theatre, NY; Shakespeare Theatre Co., Washington, DC; Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR, and others, including SDA. She has also taught at Princeton University and Swarthmore College.

Works include Eighteenth-Century Women Dramatists (Oxford University); “Which is the Woman?: Hannah Cowley’s Prologues, Addresses, and Advertisements,” with Angela Escott, in Routledge Anthology of Women’s Theatre Theory and Criticism, “Susanna Centlivre and the Stage Sodomite,” in Teaching British Women Playwrights of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century; “Staging the 18th-Century Prostitute for the 21st Century: A Dramaturgical Approach to Teaching Cowley’s The Belle’s Stratagem” in Teaching Romantic Drama, a special edition of Romantic Circles; and other works.

Education

PhD, Princeton University
BA, Yale University